What should you do if you see a worm in your dog’s stool? Have you thought about calling your trusted online vet? The veterinarians at TelePAWS are able to answer your questions and help you deal with this issue.
A Word About Worms
There are many types of worms, also called intestinal parasites, which can infect dogs. Roundworms, Hookworms, Tapeworms and Whipworms are the most common ones seen. These parasites are picked up when dogs eat a dead animal or feces of an infected animal.
They can also get infected by licking their paws after walking through an area of grass where an infected animal has defecated. Puppies commonly have worms and need to be treated several times as they are growing to rid them of these pests.
Symptoms of Dog Worms and How Online Vets Can Help
Symptoms of these parasites include loose stools or diarrhea, vomiting, bloating of the abdomen, and weight loss. Tapeworms are typically found in the stool of dogs that have no other symptoms. These worms look like grains of rice and can be easily detected.
If you are concerned about how your dog is feeling and think they may have worms, set up an appointment with an online vet. The online veterinarians can help determine if your pet needs treatment and can suggest medications appropriate for your situation.
NOTE: Many states do not allow online prescriptions.
What You Can Do To Help Your Dog
When your pet is diagnosed with worms, be sure to pick up feces quickly. Leaving it to sit in the grass will cause reinfection in your pet. Some of the same parasites that infect our pets can be passed on to people, so be sure to wash your hands after picking up feces and after petting your pets. Children are especially susceptible to getting the same parasites that our dogs carry.
Most intestinal parasites are prevented by keeping your pet on regular heartworm preventatives year-round. For pets that tend to eat dead animals, they should be regularly dewormed additionally. To prevent tapeworms, your pet should be maintained on a high-quality flea preventative, as dogs typically get these worms from eating fleas.
An Online Vet Will Be Able To Help Your Dog With Worms
Instead of stressing your pet further by taking them to the veterinary clinic, our online vets are available to assist you with their worm issue. Your dog can receive treatments for their worms without the hassle or long wait to see your regular veterinarian.
Rely on the veterinarians at TelePAWS if you suspect your pet may have worms. We will be happy to answer your questions and suggest appropriate treatments if needed. We are here to help any day of the week and any time of the day.
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